In a recent poll, NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation document the real toll the financial crisis has taken, including the long-term financial, physical, and emotional devastation that can come from unemployment and underemployment. The poll surveyed people who had been out of work for a full year, only 13 percent of whom were collecting unemployment benefits. About one-third said their mental and physical health had declined since losing their jobs. About half of the long-term unemployed and underemployed said they currently have no health insurance, and 56 percent said they’ve put off getting health care that they needed.
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